TP-Link TD-W8960N 300MBPS Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router for BT connections £35.08 @ Amazon
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TP-Link TD-W8960N 300MBPS Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router for BT connections £35.08 @ Amazon

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Found 18th Apr 2012
For BT connections, i.e. includes a modem, by all accounts has some great reviews. Price includes p&p.

Manufacturer's Description
The TP-LINK Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router (TD-W8960N) is an all-in-one device that combines the functions of a high speed DSL modem, a 4-port 10/100Mbps NAT router and a wireless N access point. The TD-W8960N is designed to give you a one-stop solution to acquiring and sharing high speed Internet access over a wired/wireless network.Supporting the latest ADSL standards to provide higher performance and longer reach from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAM), the TD-W8960N brings with it much higher speed than a dial-up connection without tying up the phone line.Complies with the IEEE 802.11n standard, users can create a wireless network and get up to 15x the speed and 5x the range of conventional 11g products. Now you can share your high-speed DSL Internet connection, photos, music, videos, printers, Network Attached Storage (NAS) and even the bandwidth consuming applications like HD video streaming wirelessly which can not be accommodated by 11g products, from anywhere in your entire home or even the yard! The TD-W8960N supports QoS to enable smooth VoIP/IPTV streaming and lag-free online gaming.Featuring IPSec VPN function, TD-W8960N allows off-site or traveling users to securely access the company's central network through the Internet. VPN is short for Virtual Private Network, which creats encrypted tunnels through the Internet between the company's private network and the remote or traveling users off-site. These tunnels are using virtual connections instead of the dedicated, real-world connection such as leased line. Featuring IPSec VPN function, the TP-LINK TD-W8960N is no longer just a wireless ADSL modem router, it can work as a VPN gateway, which supports up to 10 IPSec VPN tunnels simultaneously. As such, users can allow for complete data privacy for the access and exchange of user's most sensitive data from home to corporate network or between remote branch offices safely.
Product Description
TPLink 300Mbps Wireless ADSL2ModemRouter with 4 x 10100 Ports SPI Nat Firewall QoS TDW8960N Networks Wireless Routers

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hehei am about to buy it, well wery good modem router

Great piece of kit

I always hold one of these in as a test part, best value for money in my experience for a solid performance and advanced settings. Hot!

Range is suspect, make sure you upgrade the firmware when you get it as the MTU out the box is quite low. Not a bad bit of kit but a little over the hill now.

One upside it did improve me connection when Im in the same room by 3mg so happy with that !

There is a link to newer version on Amazon which is cheaper? Surely this is better?

amazon.co.uk/TP-…_ce

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SpoonyBoy

There is a link to newer version on Amazon which is cheaper? Surely this … There is a link to newer version on Amazon which is cheaper? Surely this is better?http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-TD-W8961ND-300Mbps-Wireless-Router/dp/B004ERXXHC/ref=dp_ob_title_ce



Apparently not, this one has a superior chipset (Broadcom) over the newer model.

Any idea if I can get this working on my sky broadband connection?

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mooo

Any idea if I can get this working on my sky broadband connection?



Cable? nope I'm afraid, although there is a router version of this for about £20.60 on Amazon, which is what you need for cable.

amazon.co.uk/TP-…8-3

v8griff

Cable? nope I'm afraid, although there is a router version of this for … Cable? nope I'm afraid, although there is a router version of this for about £20.60 on Amazon, which is what you need for cable.http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-TL-WR841N-300Mbs-Wireless-Router/dp/B001FWYGJS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1334751956&sr=8-3


Mate he said sky broadband, they are on DSL. Thats my current provider.

Yes you can get it to work with it.Im currently using a belkin pre N.You need to extract the password from router.

mooo

Any idea if I can get this working on my sky broadband connection?

v8griff

[quote=mooo] Any idea if I can get this working on my sky broadband … [quote=mooo] Any idea if I can get this working on my sky broadband connection?


Mate he said sky broadband, they are on DSL. Thats my current provider


Edited by: "leeparsons" 18th Apr 2012

Bought one of these for about £33 last year. Been a very solid stable router and is very good value for money, especially from Amazon with their superior returns etc.

i have broadband with BT - can i just switch modems or do i need to call BT and ask them to do stuff? i am not a fan of calling BT as i will have to probably spend hours on the phone with them...i am tempted to change my current modem/router (homehub 3) and replace with this...

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10dulkar

i have broadband with BT - can i just switch modems or do i need to call … i have broadband with BT - can i just switch modems or do i need to call BT and ask them to do stuff? i am not a fan of calling BT as i will have to probably spend hours on the phone with them...i am tempted to change my current modem/router (homehub 3) and replace with this...



I've swapped many routers, don't need to contact BT, all you need in my experience is original connection details (username, passwords etc which would have been supplied by BT) during set up.

v8griff

Cable? nope I'm afraid, although there is a router version of this for … Cable? nope I'm afraid, although there is a router version of this for about £20.60 on Amazon, which is what you need for cable.http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-TL-WR841N-300Mbs-Wireless-Router/dp/B001FWYGJS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1334751956&sr=8-3



Since when has Sky been a cable provider?

Original Poster

Inactive

Since when has Sky been a cable provider?

Hence the question mark.

v8griff

I've swapped many routers, don't need to contact BT, all you need in my … I've swapped many routers, don't need to contact BT, all you need in my experience is original connection details (username, passwords etc which would have been supplied by BT) during set up.



thanks! have ordered.

Bought this a few weeks ago and it has completely solved my constant connection dropping I have had for the last six years due to rubbish Netgear 834! Should have bought years ago - wireless reception is not as good though otherwise good kit for the price

I've got the W8961 which is a good router.
I had a problem where after a few weeks it wouldn't let you login to the admin page (it wouldn't accept the username or password) but everything would still work. After a firmware update everything appears to be ok.

I've also got a TP-Link TL-MR3420 which i've got a Three Premium USB Dongle plugged into as well.

You can't run DD-WRT on it because the 1043 is a straight router whereas the 8960 is a modem router, different things for different jobs!

Both together make a very good combo as the modem on the 8960 is excellent, same chipset as the Billions 8400, but the router side ain't all that so you can bridge it to the 1043. I use an 8960 with a Linksys E3000, running DD-WRT, that I got when Amazon were doing them for £60 a few months back. Gone from a wobbly 4 meg with my old D-Link to a stable 5 meg after tweaking with DMT.




Edited by: "b1g1an" 18th Apr 2012

The 1043 you mention is dispatch in 3-4 weeks

Should I see an incredible difference if I swap this for my ageing Netgear DG834G v3. Its been amazingly reliable and never drops a connection.....should i take the plunge or not?

leeparsons

Yes you can get it to work with it.Im currently using a belkin pre N.You … Yes you can get it to work with it.Im currently using a belkin pre N.You need to extract the password from router.



Ah, now that's how you use an alternative router with Sky. How do you extract the password? Cheers

rosstheboss1972

Should I see an incredible difference if I swap this for my ageing … Should I see an incredible difference if I swap this for my ageing Netgear DG834G v3. Its been amazingly reliable and never drops a connection.....should i take the plunge or not?



If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Only in that this has the Broadcom chipset you can tweak and potentially get a much faster connection, if you're happy with what you've got save your pennies and stick with it.

Dumb question coming up. I have BT Infinity with a home hub 3. I'm really disappointed, with max speed everr recorded 8mb, even though I am promised 40mb. In addition, reception around the house is very poor for wifi. I've contacted BT but they keep fobbing me off.

Would buying this router help? Does it replace the home hub? Will it improve speed and reception for wifi? Any help really appreciated

Have had this router for about six months. It replaced an ailing and ageing Orange Livebox and hasn't put a foot wrong since. Wireless signal much improved over livebox too. Very easy to set up. Recommended. Heat addaed

Great value router this

leeparsons

Yes you can get it to work with it.Im currently using a belkin pre N.You … Yes you can get it to work with it.Im currently using a belkin pre N.You need to extract the password from router.Mate he said sky broadband, they are on DSL. Thats my current provider



Thank for the replies. Sky has sent me a router but i rather use my own. I'll have a look to see if I can get the router setting out of it

Anyone who is using o2 broadband, this is the one to get with the Broadcom chip-set.
Tempted Op, but as someone said if it ain't broke don't fix it.

To change from Sky to this router you can use this calculator:
cm9.net/sky…ss/

If you have a D-Link Sky router not featured on the above link then you can use this but it's more involved:
sites.google.com/sit…ats

I love a good argumentative modem/router thread

Paid the same for this a few months ago. Good router but not a hot deal.

philh777

Dumb question coming up. I have BT Infinity with a home hub 3. I'm really … Dumb question coming up. I have BT Infinity with a home hub 3. I'm really disappointed, with max speed everr recorded 8mb, even though I am promised 40mb. In addition, reception around the house is very poor for wifi. I've contacted BT but they keep fobbing me off.Would buying this router help? Does it replace the home hub? Will it improve speed and reception for wifi? Any help really appreciated



Anyone? Please?

Am I correct in saying this won't run with FTTC from BT? Having an engineer come round to install it next week but don't fancy using the homehub.

philh777

Anyone? Please?



With BT Infinity you should be getting much more stable speeds, around 38-40mb. I highly doubt that this router will solve your problem, and I'd keep trying to get onto BT to send out an engineer. If you're connecting wirelessly then try connecting wired and see if that helps, then you'll know whether it's the router or not.

philh777

Anyone? Please?



I haven't a clue but...

On this page there is information about the BT Home Hub 3 and on the back you can clearly see a socket labelled "BT Infinity"

I doubt this router has a similar socket...
Edited by: "tig" 18th Apr 2012

philh777

Anyone? Please?



40MB sounds like you have a fibre connection, this router will only work on a ADSL connection only (21Mb Max)
Edited by: "omer" 18th Apr 2012

Can anyone tell me what the QOS functionality is like? I'd love to use this to help share out bandwidth between my five flatmates (especially when heavy torrenting and streaming is taking place).

Got this works well - but upgraded the aerials for better wifi range
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